Guidance for Promoting Emotional Wellbeing of Children During COVID-19 Pandemic
As their regular routines are upended during the COVID-19 pandemic, children turn to the adults in their lives for both emotional and physical safety. A newly released resource guide, coauthored by a child psychologist and trauma-informed care leader at UMass Medical School and colleagues at the national child-welfare research center Child TRENDS, offers research-informed guidance for caretakers. The advice in Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic is intended to help teachers and parents keep things as predictable and positive as possible for children who may be experiencing emotional distress, especially those with preexisting behavioral and mental health conditions. Specific tips help parents understand that children’s reactions to the pandemic may vary and offer ways to create a safe physical and emotional environment by practicing reassurance, routines, and regulation. The guide includes creative approaches to staying connected so that social distancing doesn’t become social isolation and provides guidance on age-appropriate information. It also encourages keeping children busy and promoting their self-efficacy, and emphasizes strengths, hope, and positivity.
have been working 24/7 since this pandemic began in my role as superintendent,
just like all of my educator friends across the state and country have as well.
I have searched every resource, looked at every model, and tried to emulate the
best of the best. But I forgot one major resource: my students.
The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has developed a social–emotional learning program called RULER, which teaches students to do daily check-ins, identifying the energy level and pleasantness of their emotions on a color-coded “mood meter.”
To help young people combat the growing mental health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Yale University is offering a variation of its most popular “happiness” course to more than 500 low-income high school students around the nation at no cost.